Sunday, December 1, 2013

Adventsblog day 1

Today is December 1st and I thought I should stop posting "teaching" stuff and start doing something fun about Christmas.
For those who will get the TESOL Macedonia Christmas bulletin, you will see what I am talking about, for the rest.... let me explain!
This idea started about 5-6 years ago. I began posting Christmas ideas with my students for every single day until Christmas. This could be anything! Photos, stories, recipes, games. All ideas are welcome and you are welcome to contribute!
My first subject today is my favourite Christmas flower:
The plant's association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red color represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus.
Poinsettias are popular Christmas decorations in homes, churches, offices, and elsewhere across North America. They are available in large numbers from grocery, drug, and hardware stores. In the United States, December 12 is National Poinsettia Day.
(from Wikipedia)

For me this flower has a sentimental value, since it was my mum who brought to me a pot with poinsettias every year around Christmas.
I am terrible with plants and I couldn't keep it for more than a couple of months, and I got really angry when she brought me the flowers, because she knew I would never be able to take care of it. But she did... And now that my mum is not with us, whenever I see this flower, it brings a sweet memory....

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